Topic: The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District (2012) by Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack
Local authors and historians Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack (QSM) have co-authored a comprehensive history of early Katikati settlers. Article by Debbie McCauley (2013).
The book covers the early years of the settlement from 1870 to 1910, containing the histories of over 125 pioneer families from Athenree to Apata. Many previously unpublished photographs, letters and testimonials’ are included within the book which had its impetus from Ellen McCormack's over forty years of research into Katikati's history. In 2002 Ellen was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for her endeavours.
The book details the triumphs and tragedies that befell the settlers. From the story of George Alley who established the Homewood Trust to assist returning soldiers from World War II; Reverend Katterns and his Ostrich farm; publican Barney MacDonnell the six-foot two big-bearded twenty stone Irishman who dealt out his own form of justice; Joseph Shaw who had his cow bails varnished; at least two men who had wives back in England as well as one in Katikati; World Champion axeman George McCauley; the honourable Charles Macmillan who was both mayor and MP for Tauranga; photographer Albert Diggelmann who experimented with trick photography and the honourable Randolph Thomas Rowley.
Christine Clement has already published two books on the Te Puke settlement:
- Te Puke : nga tangata me nga wahi = people and places (2007).
- The pioneers, settlers and families of Te Puke and district (2011).
Both authors have previously published family histories.
Four years of intensive research have gone into the Katikati book, which went on sale on Friday 10 May 2013.
An index to the pioneer families included in the book can be found by clicking here.
Copies can be obtained from Christine Clement at firstname.lastname@example.org
A book launch was held at the Tauranga City Library in the Nga Wahi Rangahau: Research Collection room (formerly New Zealand Room) at 11am on Sunday 16 June 2013. Over sixty people attended, several travelling from out of town to be there. The following photographs were taken by staff member Lee Switzer, designated photographer on the day:
Ellen and Christine holding their Katikati history book (2013). Christine is wearing her New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal (1993).
The book launch cake (2013).
Ellen and Christine cutting the book launch cake (2013). Christine is wearing her New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal (1993).
Posters created for the book launch (2013).